Republican House orders the death of Hubble telescope successor

Legislators seeking to rein in government spending have put the troubled James Webb Space Telescope up for cancellation, saying the successor to NASA’s Hubble observatory is haunted by poor management and out-of-control costs…

Developed as the replacement for the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST is a joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency. With a 21.3-foot-diameter primary mirror, the telescope is designed to peer back in time almost to the Big Bang, giving astronomers a glimpse of infant galaxies as the universe cooled after its formation.

The proposal to terminate JWST came from the House Appropriations Committee’s panel overseeing NASA. The committee released their 2012 spending bill Wednesday, calling for more than $1.6 billion in cuts to NASA’s budget from this year’s levels…

The bill also terminates funding for the James Webb Space Telescope, which is billions of dollars over budget and plagued by poor management,” lawmakers said in a press release…

The independent review team concluded JWST was making steady technical progress despite the budget issues. About three-fourths of the telescope’s hardware is already in production, according to Northrop Grumman Corp., JWST’s prime contractor…

Scientists are also finishing work on JWST’s four research instruments designed to peer deep into the cosmos and unravel how the infant universe formed and evolved.

Given that a significant portion of the House of Representatives believes that those little twinkling lights out there in space are reflections from angel’s halos – I don’t hold out much hope for anything to do with NASA or space research. Republicans and Blue Dog cowards will gnaw away at space programs as part of their jihad against science.

Tie that with the clusterfrack of voodoo economics that is the spine for Kool Aid Party ideology – and the solution for an oft mismanaged bureacracy and sloppy cost estimates ends up being termination of spending altogether on non-military aeronautics.

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